Pictured left to right: Bill Hare, Dr. Carri Anderson, & Oregon Lions Club President Rob Arneson
Bill Hare, a retired junior high teacher from Mount Morris, has been organizing Honduras Mission Trips every year since 2007. People of different ages walks of life, and faiths come together with the common goal of helping to improve the living conditions of some of the poorest people in Honduras. This Central American country is situated about 1,000 miles southeast of Miami, Florida and has a long stretch of coast land adjacent to the Caribbean. It was devastated by Hurricane Mitch in 1998 and continues to suffer from droughts that profoundly impact the lives of many of its poorest people.
Many of Honduras’ rural inhabitants live in substandard housing without running water or sewer. The tic that infests their wooden dwellings is responsible for a serious health condition which can become fatal. The group purposely schedules their mission trip in January during the dry season, which is the best time for building new homes to replace the wooden structures. The new one room dwellings are eighteen feet square with cement floors, concrete block walls, and metal roofs. Since 2007, sixty-five families have been rehoused in these homes and have gained more access to sewer and water.
In addition to building homes, the mission workers take along tools and clothing to sell to the people at a considerably reduced rate. In order to instill dignity in the local people, a small amount of money is charged for this merchandise and local labor is used for the home construction.
This year the Mission Trip included two doctors who were able to offer primary medical care to these rural inhabitants who have very little or no access to medical care.